Work Package Outputs



Below is a selection of the latest news from the Network.

Professor Josep Carreras Barnes

[Posted Mon, 12 May 2014 16:17 GMT]

Members of the MEDINE2 Network will have been greatly saddened to hear of the recent passing of Jose Carreras. Jose was a long-standing participant in the MEDINE Networks, representing the University of Barcelona, where he was an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences. He was a faithful attender at the MEDINE meetings and a very active participant in the activities of the Network. In particular, he was closely involved in developing and disseminating the Tuning (medicine) framework for graduating outcomes in medicine in Europe. He personally translated this document into Spanish. He agreed to act as the liason between the Tuning (medicine) project and the group working within Tuning (Latin America) on medical outcomes. In this capacity he attended the initial planning meeting in Costa Rica in 2006, and various subsequent events. He made an important contribution to this work both in Europe and Latin America, and through his wise and considered input, significantly shaped how the Tuning (medicine) outcomes were developed and implemented.

As recently as October 2013, Jose received the 5th Antonio Gallego Prize for his excellent career in medical education - a biennial award conferred by the Spanish Society for Medical Education to honour professors of Health Sciences whose work in the field of medical education has an important scientific and academic value, social projection and international dissemination. This was in addition to a number of previous honours and awards for excellence in education received during his distinguished career.

At a personal level, it seems a very short time ago that Jose hosted me in a visit to the University of Barcelona, to speak at the 2010 launch of his "Guide for assessment of professional competences in Medicine". The respect and affection shown to him by his colleagues was evident. We spent a highly enjoyable evening together walking around the streets of Barcelona, visiting art galleries and museums, and sorting out all the problems of medical education (and other things)!

It was always a pleasure to meet Jose, who was a delightful and entertaining companion. He is a great loss to our group, and to European and global medical education. He will be sorely missed.

Professor Allan Cumming,
Coordinator and Chair, MEDINE2 Erasmus Academic Network

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MEDINE2 Final Report

[Posted Tue, 03 Sep 2013 10:25 GMT]

Dear colleagues in MEDINE2

We have just received the ECEA assessment of the Final Report on MEDINE2. We scored 80%, with none of the sections falling below the "pass mark" of 60%. We do not learn how this compares with other projects, but it seems to be at least acceptable to the Commission, and a very positive outcome. The highest scores (90%) were for the strength of the partnership, and for management of the Project. There were some budgetary questions which we were able to answer readily, and we have now received most of the final payment, less a few items of "ineligible expenditure" which we should be able to cover. So we will now be able to balance the budget.

Can I again thank all the partners for your help and support to reach this successful conclusion - well done indeed to everyone involved. Dissemination material continues to be posted on the MEDINE2 website, most recently after the successful AMEE conference in Prague where there was a great deal of interest in the products of MEDINE2. I hope you will continue to visit the website regularly and keep up to date with the various postings.

Best wishes,


Professor Allan Cumming, Chair and Coordinator, MEDINE2 Academic Network

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MEDINE2 Work Package 5 and 6 Summaries

[Posted Mon, 02 Sep 2013 16:20 GMT]

The work package 5 and 6 teams have just posted summaries of their work which were presented at the recent AMEE meeting. For the WP5 project on curriculum trends, there is a concise summary as a PDF, and a more extended summary in Word. For the WP6 study of the Bologna process in medicine, there is a 2-page summary in Word. I am sure you will find these summaries to be of great interest, covering a huge amount of work carried out over the last three years in a very readable form, and to be relevant to your on-going work in medical education.

Professor Allan Cumming (Chair)

WP5 + WP6 Summaries

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Final Report Submitted

[Posted Wed, 29 May 2013 16:29 GMT]

Dear Colleagues

I am very pleased to let you know that the Final Report for the MEDINE2 project was submitted to the European Commission today, in advance of the deadline of 31st May 2013. This was in spite of a catastrophic failure of the University of Edinburgh file servers last week which threatened the loss of both the reporting files and the backup copies, and which took some days to resolve. I am hugely grateful to the many people who have worked incredibly hard to get their reports and final products into shape for submission before the deadline - too numerous to mention, but the Workpackage leaders and their deputies have carried by far the heaviest load. I should also thank Carol Telford, who did a lot of work even though she is officially on maternity leave - particularly on the financial aspects - and Fiona Willox. When all the activities, outputs and products of the 11 workpackages are pulled together in the Final Report, it is clear just how much effort has gone in to making this project a success - not just fulfilling the conditions of the EC grant award, but going beyond that with added value. I think we have generated a real and productive "community of practice" in European medical education and I am confident that it will last far beyond the official end of the project. We await word from the Commission about our Accompanying Measures application, which would allow us to meet face-to-face twice in 2014. In any case the website will continue to function as a portal for ongoing communication and collaboration, and as a repository for the huge number of useful resources which we have produced over the last three years. Thank you again for your unfailing support for the Coordinating team and for supporting the aims of the project.

The Report (minus some of the interminable administrative content) is available in the members section of the website, with the associated files:

Best wishes,


Professor Allan Cumming, Chair and Coordinator, MEDINE2 Erasmus Academic Network
College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine, University of Edinburgh.
47 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4TJ

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